The Upper Perkiomen School District has confirmed two reported cases of methicilin-resistant staff infections (MRSA) at the Upper Perkiomen High School.
A notification posted on the district’s website reports that “The School District has taken additional precautions and has a maintenance program in place to ensure that all necessary cleaning is done to prevent the spread of MRSA and provide a safe and supportive learning environment.”
MRSA is a type of staph that is resistant to antibiotics called beta-lactams. Beta-lactam antibiotics include methicillin and other more common antibiotics such as oxacillin, penicillin and amoxicillin. MRSA can cause skin infections that may look like a pimple or boil and can be red, swollen, painful or have puss or other drainage. More serious infections may cause pneumonia, bloodstream infections or surgical wound infections. Most MRSA infections are treatable with good wound care and, if needed, antibiotics.
The district has contacted the Montgomery County Health Department and has been assured by officials that there is little opportunity for transmission among the general school population.
According to a letter, posted on the website from Assistant Superintendent Dr. Fran Leskowicz, “Health situations such as this can cause anxiety for children and parents. As parents and educators, we want to protect our children and ensure their safety. One of the most effective things that we can do is remain calm and positive. Our children need to know that we are dealing with this situation proactively and they are safe.”
A fact sheet on MRSA can be found on the district’s website at www.upsd.org. People with questions or concerns should call the district at 215-679-7961.